ATLANTA, GA — Back-to-school shoppers in Georgia who have grown accustomed to a sales tax-free weekend may be disappointed this year. The Georgia legislature, which has to approve the tax holidays on a yearly basis, didn’t do so for 2017.
As such, July 29-30, which would have been the summer sales tax holiday, will be just another weekend for shoppers in the state. Over the past decade, Georgia has had two sales tax-free weekends — one in late summer and the other in the fall.
The late-summer tax holiday has been especially popular with parents and teachers who have used it to buy back-to-school clothes, school supplies, electronics and the like. Clothing worth up to $100, school supplies worth up to $20 and computers were among the items on which state sales tax was waived.
The fall sales tax holiday highlighted energy-efficient appliances.
Some tax experts have argued that the sales tax holidays are politically popular but bad for state and local governments, which lose millions in revenues.
Georgia consumers who live near a state line might have other options if they still want to pursue the sales. Several neighboring states still will be holding late-summer tax-free weekends, including Alabama (Aug. 4-6), Florida (Aug. 4-6), South Carolina (Aug. 4-6) and Tennessee (July 28-30).